Information for Authors

1.  SSD welcomes submissions at any time.

2.  Article submissions should be in Word document format (.doc or .docx), double-spaced, paginated at the upper right corner starting on the second page, and in 12-point Calibri or Helvetica font. Book Reviews should adhere to the SSD Book Review Guide. Please refer to the book review section below.

3.  Submissions may be in English or Filipino and should be fully documented. Full-length articles should be 7,000 to 10,000 words, with five keywords.

4. Submissions in Filipino should have titles and keywords with English translations.

5.  Articles in English must have an abstract of not more than 300 words. Articles in Filipino must have abstracts, in both Filipino and English, of not more than 300 words each.

6. The primary reference/document for quotes and translations in languages other than English should accompany the text.

7.  All articles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (2010). Please refer to:

8.  In-text citation (Author-Date System) and References will be used following the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (2010).

9. Titles in References not in English should have English translations.

10.  Articles submitted to SSD should not have been previously published nor submitted simultaneously to any other publisher during the screening and review stages.

11. Articles will undergo preliminary screening by the Editor-in-Chief, who will assess submission in terms of format and appropriateness of content.

12.  Articles that pass preliminary screening by the Editor-in-Chief will be assigned to a member of the editorial board for preliminary review before it can be sent for double-blind review.

13.  Contributors are encouraged to submit articles by electronic mail. Please send your contributions to the Editor-in-Chief ( and the Editorial Assistant (

14.  Contributors must fill out and sign the Manuscript Submission Form upon submission of their articles. The submission form may be downloaded from the OVCRD website:

15.  Submissions should include only the title of the paper. Please exclude the author's name, affiliation or email address from the manuscript. When saving the paper electronically, please use an abbreviated title as file name (e.g. Science as Alchemy).

16.  Photos accompanying articles should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Authors will be required to provide appropriate copyright permissions for these photos and any other materials that are not their own.

17.  Articles and materials in the SSD do not necessarily represent the views of the editor and/or the publisher. The responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in the articles rests solely on the individual authors.

Editorial correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to:

The Editor-in-Chief
Social Science Diliman
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development
LGF Phivolcs Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue
University of the Philippines Diliman
Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Tels. (632) 436-8720 / 981-8500 local 4048


Book Review Guide

As we strive to best understand the needs and interests of social science scholars, surveying and reporting on recent cutting-edge scholarship is a responsibility of Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD). Thus, reviewing books is also one of SSD’s primary considerations.

Reviews are scholarly works that showcase and critically assess emerging trends and developments in knowledge production. It also allows the reviewer to engage with both the author of the book and its readers. Reviews should be approximately 1,200-1,500 words with the following content:

  • Introduction, including author’s name, book title, and the main theme
  • Summary of content
  • Analysis and evaluation of the book
  • Conclusion
  • Reviewer's name, affiliation, and institutional email address appears at the lower right of the review

Reviewers are expected to compose thoughtful and engaging critiques that explain the basic arguments of a book, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and place the work within a broader scholarly field as they address readers outside their area of specialization. It should also include bibliographic information, if necessary.

A review editor, who is also a member of the SSD Editorial Board, manages the book review section. Reviewers are chosen by invitation only, based on an assessment by the review editor or the editorial board regarding the appropriate match between book and reviewer.